Victorian researchers claim solar recycling breakthrough that’s a win for batteries, too

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Australian researchers claim to have discovered the “holy grail” of solar PV recycling, by finding a way to extract silicon from discarded panels and repurpose it for use in the next big thing in low carbon energy generation and transport – lithium-ion batteries.

Material scientists Dr Md Mokhlesur Rahman and Prof Ying (Ian) Chen from Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials say that just as silicon is the most important component of solar panels, it has represented the biggest hurdle to the effective recycling of used photovoltaic cells.

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